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Tourists cause global warming
News24.com ^ | 3/22/07 | AFP

Posted on 03/22/2007 8:14:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Madrid - Holidaymakers may be ruining their favourite destinations through pollution and greenhouse gases, making the tourism industry one of the world's worst polluters, experts say.

A flight to that pristine beach and a few nights in an air-conditioned hotel room, when repeated on the mass scale of modern tourism, is all it takes to put the holiday business on a polluting par with heavy industries.

"Tourism is unfortunately one of the vectors of (climate) change at the moment and contributes, through its excesses, to the process of global warming," World Tourism Organisation (WTO) director general Francesco Frangialli told an international conference on meteorology in Madrid this week.

In 2006, 842 million people took a holiday in a foreign country and 40% of them flew to their destinations. That's 336 million people, or more than the population of the United States, taking trips which spew greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.

Total air transport still only accounts for two percent of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere, but its contribution is growing and tourism is one of the driving forces behind rising passenger numbers, Frangialli said.

He said 1.1 billion tourists were expected to take trips abroad in 2010, and 1.6 billion by 2020.

Tourism faces 'tragedy'

At the same time, tourism itself was facing "tragedy" if climate change continued unabated, Frangialli said.

As tourists pollute their way around the world, popular destinations such as the pristine but low-lying Maldive islands in the Indian Ocean may disappear as sea levels rise.

Tanzania's famous lakes, a staple of the African tourism industry, will dry up. In Europe's alps the ski season will become shorter, the pistes fewer and harder to find.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in February that by 2100, global average surface temperatures could rise by between 1.1 C and 6.4 C compared to 1980-99 levels.

The most likely surface temperature rise will be between 1.8 and 4.0 C, it said.

According to a French weather expert, a temperature rise of 1.8 degrees C would translate to 40 fewer days of snowfall at mid-level altitudes of 1 500m.

The WTO has backed an EU proposal to include air travel by 2011 or 2012 in limitations on emissions and creating transferable carbon accounts in a bid to limit the greenhouse effect.

Such measures would encourage airlines to put pressure on manufacturers to produce aircraft which are more fuel-efficient, Frangialli said.

That could mean higher air fares, but some in the travel industry believe tourists would be ready to pay a little more to protect the places they love.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: cause; climatechange; globalwarming; tourists

1 posted on 03/22/2007 8:14:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Just follow the sun, like tourists...

2 posted on 03/22/2007 8:25:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ping


3 posted on 03/22/2007 8:25:10 PM PDT by Thunder90
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To: NormsRevenge
Reminds me of "The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy".

"...[planet] so concerned with the loss of mass from the volumen of tourists, that you're weighed when entering, and upon leaving, and any gain is surgically removed, so be sure to get a receipt when using the bathroom..."

4 posted on 03/22/2007 8:28:04 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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Looks like a scenic place to take a trip to..

A grounded iceberg is seen near a penguin rookery in this undated handout photograph from the Australian Antartic Division. The impact of global warming on the vast Southern Ocean around Antarctica is starting to pose a threat to ocean currents that distribute heat around the world, Australian scientists say, citing new deep-water data. REUTERS/Australian Antartic Division/Ho

5 posted on 03/22/2007 8:29:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

I thought global warming was caused by liberals.


6 posted on 03/22/2007 8:29:36 PM PDT by TBP
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To: NormsRevenge
Socialists want to eliminate freedom of movement, to eat locally grown produce and not put undo human pressure on Gaia...
7 posted on 03/22/2007 8:42:14 PM PDT by endthematrix (Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I knew it was tourists all along. I have the advantage of living in a tourist town so I could see it coming.


8 posted on 03/22/2007 8:42:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: NormsRevenge

We need a War on Tourism


9 posted on 03/22/2007 8:44:24 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure it's love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: NormsRevenge
Unrestricted movement, socialization and freedom of association are three things that socialists fear the most.

It encourages the free exchange of ideas, and that is very dangerous to their ideal vision of the way the world should be.

10 posted on 03/22/2007 8:45:33 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: NormsRevenge

That's it! Get all the tourists out of my city now! As if I neede another excuse not to like them...


11 posted on 03/22/2007 8:50:15 PM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: NormsRevenge

i've always thought it hypocritical that the hollywood, environmentalist left is always on the move, worldwide.


12 posted on 03/22/2007 8:50:41 PM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: NormsRevenge

Anything that allows money to be made causes global warming.

The greenies can have the ball in their court on this one.
There are basically two things that can be done about the global warming problem that has the left all constipated:

1. Get the government to completely take over all aspects of our lives. (the liberal solution)

2. Make it profitable to reverse global warming. (the realistic solution, provided, of course, their is a problem)


13 posted on 03/22/2007 8:51:51 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian ( The anti-American socialists can stop calling themselves Americans now. ><BCC>NRA)
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To: pandoraou812

stay where you are ping


14 posted on 03/22/2007 8:54:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Tourism is unfortunately one of the vectors of (climate) change at the moment and contributes, through its excesses, to the process of global warming,"

or not.

low-lying Maldive islands in the Indian Ocean may disappear as sea levels rise

or not.

Tanzania's famous lakes, a staple of the African tourism industry, will dry up. In Europe's alps the ski season will become shorter,

or not.

a temperature rise of 1.8 degrees C would translate to 40 fewer days of snowfall at mid-level altitudes of 1 500m.

or not.

These people's agenda is becoming clearer and clearer. The article admits that air travel contributes a paltry 2% of all of these deadly gasses. Even still, the idea of commoners having to gall to be mobile.

15 posted on 03/22/2007 8:57:51 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: endthematrix

"The ski season will become shorter, the pistes fewer and harder to find"

Resulting in thousands of piste-off skiers;)


16 posted on 03/22/2007 9:11:25 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: NormsRevenge
Outlaw joggers and cyclists. Sedentarianism is the hip way to decrease the carbon assprint.
17 posted on 03/22/2007 9:22:10 PM PDT by dasboot
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To: NormsRevenge
According to a French weather expert, a temperature rise of 1.8 degrees C would translate to 40 fewer days of snowfall at mid-level altitudes of 1 500m.

Wow! that means that more people can enjoy the warm weather in their own back yard. Less tourism, lower heating bills, less use of dirty power, the CO2 levels drop, the earth is in balance again. Wow, another climate correcting mechanism.

18 posted on 03/22/2007 9:27:02 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution ? 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: freedomlover

Eco-terrorist Tourists!


19 posted on 03/22/2007 9:33:29 PM PDT by gigster
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To: NormsRevenge
"Tourism is unfortunately one of the vectors of (climate) change at the moment and contributes, through its excesses, to the process of global warming,"

This may be what we need to make Libs oppose illegal immigration.

Unless they pass just legislation requiring the coyotes to buy carbon credits from Al Gore.

20 posted on 03/22/2007 9:46:05 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: NormsRevenge
...believe tourists would be ready to pay a little more to protect the places they love.

Science-challenged and ignorant journalists just don't get it. The half-life of CO2 in the atmosphere is estimated to be several hundred years. If the human race stopped all emissions of CO2 tomorrow, we'd still have elevated levels of CO2 for centuries. And we'd all be living in mud huts, walking, growing our own gardens, lighting candles at night, and dying at about 35 years due to malnutrition and lack of medicine.

All the feel-good panaceas pitched by the hucksters will have as much effect on global temperatures as pissing in the ocean has on sea level.

21 posted on 03/22/2007 9:51:25 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: TigersEye

You want me to stay in NJ? I don't think I am leaving anytime soon lmao ~P~


22 posted on 03/22/2007 10:03:13 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

23 posted on 03/22/2007 10:14:41 PM PDT by honolulugal (I'm sure they will find a connection)
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To: pandoraou812

Everybody has to stay absolutely still. To save the planet.


24 posted on 03/22/2007 10:37:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Latest Weather Channel Headline:
WTO SMITTEN BY GORE'S GLOBAL FLATULENCE!


25 posted on 03/22/2007 11:00:52 PM PDT by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: TigersEye

You mean everyone but that full of manure Gore?


26 posted on 03/22/2007 11:32:00 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

All I ask is that you let me have my trip to Italy and then you can take away my vacations forever. I swear it.


27 posted on 03/23/2007 4:00:04 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: pandoraou812

After he's traveled light years to get to this planet you can't expect him to sit still.


28 posted on 03/23/2007 10:25:43 AM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: TigersEye

One can hope he will just shut up and maybe global warming might slow down if he did...Did you see Glen Beck last night?


29 posted on 03/23/2007 11:22:06 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: pandoraou812
I think I watched Glenn Beck. I don't remember it though.

(senile dementia setting in) ;^)

30 posted on 03/23/2007 11:59:18 AM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: TigersEye

He had on bits of Gore and the senator that was asking Gore questions....think back hard now...~P~


31 posted on 03/23/2007 12:01:30 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: pandoraou812
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...Inhofe. Sen. Inhofe. I remember!!!

Algore is a fruitcake.

32 posted on 03/23/2007 12:05:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: TigersEye

senile dementia .....I don't think so! I knew you would remember.


33 posted on 03/23/2007 12:34:12 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: cogitator

Better cancel that vacation...NOT!


34 posted on 03/23/2007 3:35:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: NormsRevenge
the pristine but low-lying Maldive islands in the Indian Ocean may disappear

I've been hearing about the fricking Maldive Islands for about ten years now. Haven't they made any progress yet? I was hoping for some neat TV coverage of when they sank. This rising sea level stuff is a really boring wait.

35 posted on 03/23/2007 4:07:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: NormsRevenge; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; honolulugal; gruffwolf; ...

FReepmail me to get on or off


Click on POGW graphic for full GW rundown

Ping me if you find one I've missed.


Hurl Alert..
36 posted on 03/25/2007 6:25:14 AM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I've been hearing about the fricking Maldive Islands for about ten years now.

They're still sticking up there. Somebody go shoot an elevation on them and see if they're rising or falling.

37 posted on 03/25/2007 2:33:32 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: NormsRevenge

Gore Shuts Down Global Tourism Industry


38 posted on 03/25/2007 2:46:01 PM PDT by Gator113
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